Local authorities in Beijing have promised to stop the 15 bicycle rental companies adding any more bikes to the city’s already cramped roads and pavements.
This makes Beijing, which is estimated to have 2.4 million shared rental bikes, the 11th Chinese city after Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou to make such a move.
There is an estimated 16 million shared bicycles in China as a whole, according to the Transport Authority.
On its post on Weibo this week, the Beijing Municipal Government also promised to step up efforts to ensure the multicolored conveniences are only parked in approved spots.
Most of the smart phone enabled share bikes run on a ride-anywhere, park-anywhere business model, meaning popular areas become littered with abandoned vehicles.
The bicycles are just the latest craze in China’s sharing economy, which has also seen shared umbrellas, phone chargers and even prams.
The growth of the bicycle rental market has been particularly sharp, however, with 106 million people across China using such services, according to the China Internet Network Information Center.
The two leaders are, of course, Tencent’s orange Mobike company and Alibaba Group’s yellow Ofo.
China President Xi Jinping has been elevated to “Mao-like” status after having his ideology enshrined in the Communist Party constitution.
Passengers traveling on domestic flights in China may soon be able to use their phones in flight mode, as the all-out, infuriating ban is set to be lifted.
If you live in northern China, you can expect pollution to cut more than three years of your life, a new study has revealed.
An annual survey conducted since 2010 by the Pew Research Center reveals that over 80% of Chinese citizens feel satisfied with the developmental direction of the country.
Smart phone uses in China will finally be able to use WeChat to pay for goods in the Apple App Store and Apple Music store. Hurrah!
More than just an alternative to cards and cash, mobile payment methods are fast becoming a way of life for the Chinese.
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